'm betting you don't buy into it. >> that's right. bernie sanders, the vermont liberal slammed the proposal over the weekend, aarp doesn't like it, big labor doesn't like it. he has to get over that hump. the leadership, however, in congress will be with the president on this. connell: politically, bernie, literally a socialist, sanders is, without joking around. >> self-identified. >> if you're going to the center if that's the political goal, i don't know if it is for the president, maybe it is. that's who you want to be against you, don't you? >> i guess so. i'm sure senator sanders doesn't mind maying that role at all. i don't think the g.o.p. is going to go for this, however, because it's linked to tax hikes, which they, again, said they had enough of. 600 billion in january, reflected in the job numbers on friday in terms of the retail sector, and republicans say no more. i think republicans are also worried that agreeing to increases or cuts i should say in increased benefits going forward could hurt them in the midterm elections in 2014. some closer whispered in the ear about that.